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Rob Cook, Technology visionary and business leader

Rob Cook has three decades of experience as a business leader, including being vice president of software development at Pixar. He has run two start-ups and consults for leading technology companies.

A visionary and mastermind in computer graphics, he is the original author of Pixar's RenderMan software which revolutionized the digital effects and animation industries.

He was awarded the first Oscar for software, elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

As commissioner of a group President Obama created to fix government technology, Rob navigated the complexities of politics and government and led his team through a tumultuous change in administration.

Rob also has a longtime meditation practice and has served on boards at numerous nonprofits, including Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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Upcoming Program

Personal Growth
Changes and Transitions
March 27 - 29, 2020
Change: it’s the only constant. So why is it that so many of us struggle to navigate it skillfully? Join expert change strategists Jennifer Ward and Rob Cook for a workshop on the principles of flowing with change in human lives. How well we navigate change directly impacts the degree of well-being, purpose, and satisfaction we experience. Learn mindfulness practices and essential life skills for meeting your changes and transitions with authenticity, confidence, and clarity. 

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